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Education integral to solving manufacturing industry’s skills shortage

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2019 Solving the skills challenge in South Africa’s manufacturing industry and working towards its solution will require not only the identification of the skills needed now to meet short-term demand, but also the identification of the skills that will be needed in the future, a panel of speakers,... 

Factory of the Year embraces local design and 3D technology for printing of first Factory of the Year awards trophies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2019 A.T. Kearney has commissioned locally-designed and 3D-printed trophies for its inaugural Factory of the Year (FotY) award in South Africa. According to Igor Hulak, Partner at A.T. Kearney, embracing technology is central to the philosophy underpinning the awards. “3D printing is one of the key... 

4IR becoming integral to African countries’ competitiveness strategies

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2019 The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has become somewhat of a buzzword in Africa and countries are making it an integral part of their strategies to increase competitiveness, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Dr Rachel Chikwamba told delegates attending the Manufacturing... 

AfCFTA, collaboration key to increasing trade in Africa – panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2019 The African Continental Free Trade Area plays a role in increasing intra-African trade, but Kenyan ambassador to South Africa Jean Kamau told delegates attending the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday, that negotiations and collaboration between countries and the private sector were key to... 

Implementing Industry 4.0 Technologies in Africa’s Manufacturing Environment

25th June 2019 African manufacturers are aspiring to raise their standards to increase efficiency of their enterprise operations through the comprehensive uptake of sophisticated technology such as IoT and IIoT i.e. Internet of Things and Industrial Internet of Things respectively. Dynamic, tech-savvy... 

Join the Revolution… Embrace Industry 4.0!

19th June 2019 Technology disruption is taking place at a rapid pace. Is the country ready to occupy the new space presented by Industry 4.0 ? Government is making sure an enabling environment exists to embrace the future. 

Industrial Marketing – Cutting-edge Strategies for Manufacturers to Accelerate their Businesses

18th June 2019 The concept of industrial marketing emerged in the 1980s when businesses identified the need to sell products to other businesses. Today, many industries create products solely for another business such as large-scale manufacturing machinery. A vast number of companies the world over are... 

The Prevalent Amazon Effect and its Impact on Manufacturers

18th June 2019 The technological revolution has introduced a new level of innovation in the way business operations are conducted. A decade ago, it may have seemed inconceivable that manufacturers would one day have the propensity to market and sell their product to far-flung countries with the mere support of... 

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 The revival of South Africa’s flagging manufacturing sector is core to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s broader economic recovery plan. The importance attributed to manufacturing can be seen in the President’s decision to appoint the experienced Ebrahim Patel to lead the newly restructured Trade and... 

Programme to revive local foundries

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th June 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has mandated the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) to align its work stream with that of the National Foundries Technology Network (NFTN) to revive the local foundries sector. 

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